Support grows for new Aldi in Hampden Park

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Town planners could decide later this month whether to give the green light to plans for a new ALDI supermarket in the town.

The no frills supermarket chain wants to open a branch on the former Cosmetica site in Faraday Close, Hampden Park.

A planning application was submitted to Eastbourne Borough Council in early summer and it will be considered by the council’s planning committee either on October 28 or November 25.

The proposals involve demolishing the existing building, which has been empty for some years, and building in its place a supermarket on land between the Hydneye and B&Q roundabouts and opposite Morrisons.

ALDI describes the proposals as a “window of opportunity to secure multi-million pound regeneration of the site, bring it back to life and provide 30-40 new jobs”.

People have been sending in letters of support of the application to the council and many have been posted on the authority’s website.

Frances Weston of Elsted Close said, “As I prefer to walk to the shops to do my shopping I would be very happy if it was built in walking distance.

“Everyone has said they would like an ALDI in Eastbourne.”

Alex Tite of Southern Road said, “ALDI would create more jobs and use a very good site which is not being used.”

Katie Neill of Brampton Road said, “It will be good to see the site developed and hopefully bring shoppers into Hampden Park.”

Carol Whale, of Mountfield Road, said, “I think the ALDI proposal will be good for Hampden Park and Eastbourne in general.

“It will create jobs, enhance a derelict area and bring more competition and cheaper prices to the area. ALDI will be good for Hampden Park and I and my family look forward to them opening their store.”

Kevin Handoll, of Crawley Crescent, said, “Please allow ADI to come to Hampden Park to provide a competitive supermarket and give the consumer more choice.”